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Comment: South Wales (Score 1) 206

by welsh git (#43062051) Attached to: Florida Sinkhole Highlights State's Geologic Instability

Much of our area is limestone, with no clay or anything on top. And it RAINS a lot.

A few big sink holes have appeared on roads, and there are lots of cave systems.. My house doesn't even have foundations - it's built direct on the limestone.. I often wonder if the limestone is just a few feet thick, with a big cavern below.

Still - seems our weasly insurance companies aren't as weasly as yours!

Comment: Re:Copyright protection (Score 1) 307

by welsh git (#42722645) Attached to: Jonathan Coulton Song Used By <em>Glee</em> Without Permission

and if you continue to read, it says the award was made because of the bongos.

Yeah, I agree that that is mental, but overall the song melody does sound far more that "99%" of the Andrew Oldham version.... It does raise a question though - how the hell is the Andrew Oldham version so tied in as a 'mix' of the original Stones version!

And for the record, I agree that the verve were right royally screwed over this.

Comment: Re:In the UK (Score 1) 732

by welsh git (#42705277) Attached to: Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

Over here across the Atlantic, most of the big stores don't charge for using credit cards anyway. Smaller shops and pub normally have a minimum amount before paying by card, and only a few places charge a credit card fee.

Same situation on this side of the Atlantic. That's what this news story was about. A possible, albeit somewhat unlikely, change to the current situation.

It's not the same situation. Well, the parent poster was talking about our conclusion to that situation,

In the UK, some time ago, a law was passed to stop credit card companies demanding the retailer didn't pass on the credit card surcharge (as is soon to be done in the US too)

For a small while, some shops started charging the extra surcharge, but presumably through loss of business changed their minds.

In other words, the law you are talking about NOW allowing shops to charge a surcharge.. we went through ages ago, and If the same thing happens over there as over here, you'll see some stores charging a surcharge for a while, but after a year or so things will be back to as they are now

Comment: Re:I'm curious to see how many retailers actually (Score 1) 732

by welsh git (#42705165) Attached to: Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

Really? Here in the UK you can use the ATM of any bank without a surcharge. (Some 'private' ATM's do charge though - the ones you find inside shops etc,)

Back to the subject, many years ago, it was made illegal for the card companies to charge a surcharge whilst not allowing the retailer to pass the cost directly to the customer. (they previously would say that if a retailer charged more for credit cards, their service would be revoked)

After that, for a while in some shops, you'd see "prices are 3% more if paying by credit card" etc. but that soon stopped. All shops that I know of just accept the surcharge, presumably because they were losing too many credit card customers.

Comment: Re:Copyright protection (Score 2) 307

by welsh git (#42698777) Attached to: Jonathan Coulton Song Used By <em>Glee</em> Without Permission

Ooh, I'll have to write the Rolling Stones a thank-you letter for getting that terrible, maudlin piece of crap off the radio. And here I thought the Stones hadn't done anything worthwhile since the 70s.

It did the reverse for a while - Richard Ashcroft said he'd never sell out and allow any of his music to be used on TV advertisements.. After the decision, the new copyright holders thought different...

Comment: Re:Copyright protection (Score 3, Informative) 307

by welsh git (#42698771) Attached to: Jonathan Coulton Song Used By <em>Glee</em> Without Permission

wtf.... BONGOS gave the copyrights to the song over the Jagger and Richards? that is fucked up....that song is 99% not written by those douche bags.

Then you obviously haven't heard the mix they are talking about:

"Song credits

Although the song's lyrics were written by Verve vocalist Richard Ashcroft, it has been credited to Keith Richards and Mick Jagger after charges by the original copyright owners that the song was plagiarized from the Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of The Rolling Stones' 1965 song "The Last Time"."

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 1063

by welsh git (#42579789) Attached to: US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

I don't understand why this one is such a big deal and causing all the talk about restricting legal gun rights vs the other shootings.

Perhaps people realized that news of a crazy gunman going on a rampage and murdering lots of people have become so commonplace that they are not "such a big deal" anymore, and this implies that there is a serious problem?

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BFG Exiting Graphics Card Market 108

Posted by Soulskill
from the so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-pixels dept.
thsoundman writes news that BFG appears to be giving up on the graphics card side of its business. The company's chairman said in a statement: "After eight years of providing innovative, high-quality graphics cards to the market, we regret to say that this category is no longer profitable for us, although we will continue to evaluate it going forward. We will continue to provide our award-winning power supplies and gaming systems, and are working on a few new products as well. I'd like to stress that we will continue to provide RMA support for our current graphics card warranty holders, as well as for all of our other products such as power supplies, PCs, and notebooks."

Wine 1.2 Release Candidate Announced 165

Posted by timothy
from the vintage-2010 dept.
An anonymous reader writes "After evolving over 15 years to get to 1.0, a mere 2 years later and Wine 1.2 is just about here. There have been many many improvements and plenty of new features added. Listing just a few (doing no justice to the complete change set): many new toolbar icons; support for alpha blending in image lists; much more complete shader assembler; support for Arabic font shaping and joining, and a number of fixes for video rendering; font anti-aliasing configuration through fontconfig; and improved handling of desktop link files. Win64 support is the milestone that marks this release. Please test your favorite applications for problems and regressions and let the Wine team know so fixes can be made before the final release. Find the release candidate here."

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